UAE’s Hope spacecraft marks 1 year in orbit around Mars

It’s been a full year since the United Arab Emirates made history when its first-ever interplanetary mission slipped into orbit around Mars.

The Emirates Mars Mission, also called Hope, launched in July 2020, arrived at the Red Planet seven months later and successfully entered orbit around Mars on Feb. 9, 2021. After a few months in orbit, the mission began its science observations, which are focused on the atmosphere and climate of Mars.